Danny Simpson now looks certain to miss the start of the Premier League season on August 14th.
Danny Simpson – will miss start of season
Danny has damaged a tendon in his foot, and is currently on vacation but is still on crutches.
Newcastle manager Chris Hughton says he is already preparing for the first four games without the former Manchester United defender, and that may mean Newcastle will bring in a right back before the start of next season.
Of course either of the two Taylors – Steven or Ryan can play at right back and indeed a very decent back four would be Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Williamson and Enrique.
Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Danny had a minor operation at the end of the season, and he will miss the first part of the season.”“We’re hoping that he’ll be fit by the end of August, but he’ll possibly miss the first three or four games.”
“It was a foot problem that he had towards the end of last season that we knew would need surgery at the end of the campaign.”
It turns out that Simpson’s injury was a lot worse than first thought and he went to a London surgeon the day following Newcastle final game of the season, the 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.
It turns out that Danny had played through the pain barrier in the last few games of the season, but that may have had a negative impact on the tendon, which seemed to get worse.
Chris Hughton continued:
“The problem was just a bit more than what we thought it was.”“Danny’s a tough boy and in the last period of the season he was able to play with no pain, but we were aware it was going to take a minor operation at the end of the season.”
“Somebody that didn’t have the pain threshold of Danny would not have been able to play on.” “He’s a tough lad, as I say, and he was able to continue to do a job for us.”
Danny epitomizes the new found spirit that is on Tyneside, and we’ll certainly need that next season, if we are to survive and even prosper in the Premiership.